Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide students with the tools and theoretical concepts to understand the basic elements and the authors of the sociological discipline in general and the sociology of health in detail, focusing on the dynamics of rapid social transformations, with particular reference to health care settings.
Course contents summary
The course is ideally divided into two parts:
1 The sociological discipline; 2 The sociology of health.
1 The sociological discipline:
a) birth of the discipline and historical context;
b) the founding fathers of the discipline;
c) the main theoretical currents and their contextualization in time and space;
d) the main "objects" of sociology: the elements of social life (groups, interactions, symbols, nets, etc);
e) communication dynamics in sociology (verbal and non-verbal reality applied to health).
2 The sociology of health:
a) health, illness, medicine: the sociological perspective through the contemporary;
b) Birth of the sociology of health and environment strorico reference;
c) the social representations of the disease and the individual patient (both diachronic and synchronic);
d) The doctor-patient relationship; by Talcott Parsons in our days;
e) The main sociological paradigms of health;
f) theoretical models emerging in the sociology of health.
A. Bagnasco, M. Barbagli, A. Cavalli, Elementi di sociologia, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013;
F. Beccaria, M.G. Morchio, La salute possibile, Carocci Faber, Roma 2004;
F. Neresini, Sociologia della salute, Carocci, Roma, 2003;
G.Giarelli, E. Venneri, Sociologia della salute e della medicina- Manuale per le professioni mediche, sanitarie e sociali, Franco Angeli, Milano 2009;
E. Venneri, Sociologia e professioni sanitarie, Rubettino, Soveria Mannelli (CZ), 2004;
Slides provided by the teacher.
Participatory lesson in the classroom. Use of audiovisual aids and discussion with students.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination. The learning will be assessed through a written examination, to verify both the knowledge and understanding of the discipline and the ability to integrate knowledge for the application in the same
Health and social contexts in general.